The 21st-ranked team in Division II and its All-America candidate stormed past the UAA men’s basketball team Friday in Hawaii.
Powered by 46 points from senior Kevin Buckingham, Southeastern Oklahoma dismantled the Seawolves 88-68 in the D2 Power Invitational at the Hawaii Convention Center.
For UAA (8-4), the loss was the second in as many days in Honolulu. For the Storm (7-2), the win came a day after an overtime loss to Simon Fraser.
The Seawolves played most of the game without three regular contributors. Point guard Jack Macdonald sat out with an illness, forward David Riley saw limited action because of an ankle injury and guard Tyrus Hosley left the game with a first-half injury.
“We ran into an extremely good team that was coming off a tough loss and came out very focused. Between their hot start and our personnel issues, it was not going to be our night,” UAA coach Rusty Osborne said in a release from the school.
The Storm raced to a 9-0 lead and was up by as many as 27 points in the first half. Down by 20 at the half, the Seawolves played the Storm even in the second half, 32-32.
Buckingham, a 6-foot-6 senior, buried 19 of 31 shots from the field to lead a hot-shooting Southeastern Oklahoma team that connected on 59.3 percent of its shots. An All-America honorable mention pick last season, he added a team-high eight rebounds to help his team outrebound the Seawolves 39-24.
Four players scored in double figures for UAA, which shot 40.6 percent.
Tyler Brimhall led the way with a season-high 20 points, followed by Tobin Karlberg (13), Niko Bevens (11) and Oggie Pantovic (10). DeAndre Osuigwe pulled down a team-high eight rebounds and Amari Hale had a team-high five assists.
Brimhall hit 7 of 14 shots, including 5 of 11 from 3-point range, while adding five rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
“It was good to see Tyler have a nice offensive performance, and we showed a lot of fight after being down so big early,” Osborne said.
The Seawolves play the final game of their three-game road trip Saturday against Hawaii-Hilo.